After reviewing the General Assembly’s proposed maps to ensure they align with the landmark Voting Rights Act, Governor JB Pritzker signed three new maps that he believes reflect Illinois’ diversity. The maps outline new districts for the General Assembly, Illinois Supreme Court and Cook County Board of Review and are believed to preserve minority representation in Illinois’ government in accordance with the federal Voting Rights Act. [Read more...]
Harold Edward Stahl died on May 31, 2021, at Enfield Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Enfield at age 95. He was born on November 22, 1925, in Mill Shoals Township to Henry and Nell (Buttry) Stahl. He attended Enfield High School, but enlisted his senior year and graduated later. He served as a medic with the Fifth Army. His service in World War II included a period in Japan after the surrender and through the first months of the occupation. [Read more...]
College For Kids classes are underway at SIC’s David L. Stanley White County Center at 1700 College Ave. in Carmi. Choose from various classes planned through July 8 for ages 4-13. Stop by the Center Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to register. Class cost varies and is due at the time of registration. For more info, call 618-382-8869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.sic.edu/communityed to find a list of all classes. [Read more...]
SB 104 Also Extends Cocktails-To-Go Measure Which Helped Businesses During Pandemic
SPRINGFIELD — Businesses serving alcohol can now offer up a free drink to vaccinated patrons under a new law signed by Governor JB Pritzker today. The measure also extends businesses’ ability to sell cocktails for pickup and delivery. [Read more...]
TEUTOPOLIS…State Representative Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich) vehemently opposed the newest mandate on schools to teach sex education starting in Kindergarten. Concerns over ignoring age-appropriate sex education curriculum is one of the biggest issues. Rep. Niemerg and his colleagues sent a letter to Governor JB Pritzker requesting that he veto Senate Bill 818. [Read more...]
In April 2021, the Michael Hillegas Chapter/NSDAR initiated a food pantry drive to benefit the Marion VA food pantry. The food drive was a great success due to the generosity of the DAR members, Operation Now, Just Serve, Norris City Church of God, Eldorado Church of God, Norris City General Baptist, and many more individuals. [Read more...]
You probably already buy a variety of insurance policies to protect your assets and your loved ones. But beyond the standard auto, homeowners or life insurance policies, you may have overlooked an important and affordable type of insurance: umbrella insurance. That's largely because the financial protection it provides comes into play only under certain—but often vital—circumstances. [Read more...]
The following are the Governor’s remarks as delivered:
"Four years ago, Illinoisans were grappling with a state budget crisis that crippled our schools, our human services, our universities, our confidence about our ability to work together for the common good. Our working families, our seniors, our students, our most vulnerable residents, paid the price for it. And over the course of the prior administration, our state suffered 8 credit downgrades, forcing the state to pay more to do less. Unfortunately, Illinois became an example for the nation of what happens when government and budgets are mismanaged.
Four years later, amidst the pain and loss caused by a deadly global pandemic, Illinois has become, instead, an example for the nation of how resilient our people are, not only in helping our families and our neighbors persist through a financial crisis and a health crisis, but also in managing through the state’s fiscal challenges.